Last week I wrote about the new standard the government is setting for new school lunches aimed at addressing childhood obesity. Here are a few tips the government suggest that parents can do to help support this endeavor:
· See the improvements to school lunches firsthand; have lunch with your child.
· Review the school menu or ask your child what is being served.
· Contact your district to find out how you can support them as they undergo their school lunch makeover.
Engage other parents to support the school nutrition program.
Offer to organize a taste test for new recipes and foods.
Join your school’s wellness policy or health committee (or start one).
Point your school food service program toward technical assistance and training opportunities (see http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/best‐practices or http://www.nfsmi.org/).
Feed your child more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains at home so they are familiar with them at school.
· Congratulate your school on the hard work they’ve put in to improving the nutritional quality of school meals for our kids!
Where can you get more information?
· USDA B2S site
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